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2023/2024  KAN-CJURV1041U  Digital Transformations and the Law

English Title
Digital Transformations and the Law

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 50
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Commercial Law, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Andrej Savin - Department of Business Humanities and Law (BHL)
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Law
  • Information technology
  • Innovation
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 08-02-2023

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Learning objectives
  • Understand the nature of digital disruption as a challenge businesses and regulators face.
  • Understand when & why to regulate and when regulators make mistakes in over- or under-regulating something
  • Understand the basics of digital lawmaking in the EU (institutions, lobbying, methods)
  • Learning to navigating EU digital laws
  • Understand how to formulate business models that adequately take into consideration EU platform regulation
  • Learn about risk-based compliance in digital laws
  • Learn about data protection as the main component of modern business models
  • Learn about data-based business models and law
  • Learn about regulating disruptive new technologies such as AI or blockchain
Digital Transformations and the Law:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 3 hours
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Aids Open book: all written and electronic aids, including internet access
Read more here about which exam aids the students are allowed to bring and will be given access to : Exam aids and IT application package
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination may warrant that it most appropriately be held as an oral examination. The programme office will inform the students if the make-up examination/re-take examination instead is held as an oral examination including a second examiner or external examiner.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course explores the relationship between regulation and digital business model and strategies. Digital transformation is the adoption of digital technology to digitize non-digital services or operations. Modern businesses face a sea of digital laws, mostly originating in the EU. This course teaches the students to:


a) understand the laws, their origin and content

b) formulate proper strategic responses to them


The course, in taking the law & management approach, aims to provide understanding on how law can be used proactively to attract customers, compete successfully, strengthen performance, and achieve organisational goals (NN #3 and #4).


The main aim of the course is to enable the students to understand: first, how digital world is regulated and second, how strategy is affected by such models of regulation.  In that sense, the course starts with the idea of digital transformation and disruption and how these are related to policymaking and lawmaking. It continues with an introduction to IT regulation from the EU perspective (with some elements of comparison with the US). Three main areas are then explored:


- platforms as intermediaries

- the importance of generating, using and trading data for modern economy and data-based business models

- the relationship between disruptive new technologies and law (blockchain, AI)

Description of the teaching methods
Teaching consists in a combination of lectures-workshops and case-based teaching. While all classes are based on practical examples, some are entirely case-based. A smaller number of classes are traditional lectures. Most classes involve active analysis of business cases, legal resources and court cases.
Feedback during the teaching period
Comments in workshops: the workshop classes (roughly 50%) require that material from ordinary lecture classes has been read and understood. Workshop classes include feedback in-class on material related to the topic.

Blended-learning platforms: an ongoing online forum for questions (and discussion).

Question time in exercise classes: students given opportunity to have written work commented on.

Exam preparation: a separate class reserved for exam preparation.

Open hours.
Student workload
Participation in lectures 32 hours
Preparation for lectures 169 hours
Exams 5 hours
Further Information



A selection of articles, cases, materials and primary legislation. 

Last updated on 08-02-2023